ABOUT ARGENTO CPA
Helping entrepreneurs through the technicalities of running a company is our number one concern. Since most people aren’t familiar with tax and accounting concepts, they require guidance regarding the financial side of their business. Our clients can depend on us to deliver high quality personalized cloud accounting and tax services.
Our goals are to:
- DELIVER EXCELLENT CLIENT SERVICE
- IDENTIFY TAX PLANNING OPPORTUNITIES TO SAVE OUR CLIENTS MONEY
- ENSURE YOUR PEACE OF MIND
- UNDERSTAND YOUR SPECIFIC TAX AND ACCOUNTING NEEDS
- PROVIDE ACCURATE AND TIMELY ACCOUNTING INFORMATION
- INTRODUCE CLOUD TECHNOLOGY TO AUTOMATE ACCOUNTING AND SAVE OUR CLIENTS TIME
We understand our clients comes from diverse industries with their own needs, and believe communication with clients is a key component to delivering excellent quality service and ensuring peace of mind.
Our primary services include:
Argento CPA has significant experience in providing accounting, tax and business advisory services to small business owners, startup entrepreneurs and individuals. We are experts in cloud accounting systems, from design to implementation, and have experience with clients from various industries including, but not limited to, construction, trades, retail and wholesale, business and medical professionals, fitness and wellbeing instructors, e-commerce, manufacturing, realtors, self-employed contractors, consultants, auto service and body shops.
We proudly serve all Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, and Montreal. Since we are a virtual CPA firm, we can perform tax and bookkeeping services to anywhere in Canada.
Provide our clients with superior personalized cloud accounting and tax services for their diverse needs.
Build a rewarding partnership with each client and grow with your business, knowing we are part of your success.
Our core values:
Michael Argento, CPA, CGA
Michael has always shown keen interest in how business works and what is most important to run a successful business. “When it came time to choose a career I knew I wanted to run my own company. The hard part was deciding which type of business to run. I knew my interest in business weighed in learning about the strategy and calculations side, then it hit me, accounting and consulting was without a doubt what I wanted to study in school. Helping others maximize profits and run their business to be financially successful is what I was passionate to achieve. I thought why not go to school to learn about how to run a business, from a strategic and calculated side, then help others with running their business.”
Michael studied at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) where he achieved his Diploma of Technology, Bachelor of Technology, Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA) distinction. After the first year of his diploma he was awarded a scholarship from a midsize accounting firm for “Highest Marks in Computerized Accounting.” His teacher at BCIT had put his name in for the scholarship and he was interviewed and hired “right on the spot.”
He began working for a midsize accounting firm in their Client Services department which focuses primarily on small business clients and personal tax returns. After completing all of the requirements for his Chartered Professional Accountant designation Michael set up his own practice that was tailored to the needs of small business, startup entrepreneurs and individual taxes.
Helping entrepreneurs through the technicalities of running a company is Michael’s number one goal. Most people are not familiar with tax concepts and require guidance regarding the financial side of their business. Michael’s objective is to save people time by assisting them with this side of the business, while leaving them more time to focus on what they are good at. Overall, this leads to greater efficiency and allows clients to save and earn more money. Michael enjoys giving his clients direction and strategies for their small business while ensuring they minimize taxes leaving more money in their pocket. When Michael is not working on his accounting practice, he spends his time boxing, practicing yoga, or going for hikes with his adventurous German Shepherd, Maayaa.
“The most satisfying part of my profession is watching my clients grow each year knowing that I am a part of their success.”
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Michelle Ratcliffe, CPA, CA, CPA(WA)
My name is Michelle Ratcliffe and I am the Tax Manager here at Argento CPA. I am a tax accountant with my Canadian CPA, CA and US (WA) CPA designations. I have 10 years of public practice experience in British Columbia and have worked for all sizes of firms; small, mid-size and one of the large national firms. I found that I enjoy the atmosphere and the hands-on experience of assisting owner-manager business owners at smaller accounting firms, which is one of the many reasons I came to Argento CPA.
My position prior to Argento CPA, was as a cross border tax specialist that assisted US citizens living in Canada with their US and Canadian tax filing requirements. I also managed a number of property development groups of companies and partnerships that had dealings in both the US and Canada.
I initially became an accountant because I enjoyed preparing my friends and family’s tax returns. I also wanted a career where I could either help people, animals or the environment and becoming a tax accountant was my way of giving back by helping with an unavoidable part of life that most people hate to even think about. I strive to do my best when assisting individuals and business owners with tax planning advice and their tax issues and to do so in a way that they can understand.
Outside work, I enjoy sewing, baking and being outdoors. In the summer, you will find me camping at lakes around BC and throughout the year, I attend outdoor bootcamp classes to stay fit. In the winter, I snowboard and try my best to go south for warmer weather. My love of travelling has aligned perfectly with Argento CPA’s business model and has made my dreams of spending my winters working from South and Central America come true.